Take screenshot from entire screen preview

As you might imagine, I take an absolute ton of screenshots on a regular basis. These screenshots aren’t just limited to iOS either, as I take many on the Mac as well.

Occasionally, I like to include the mouse cursor on my Mac screenshots. By default, the cursor is generally omitted with the popular screenshot keyboard shortcuts, but there is an easy way to make sure that the cursor is included when needed.

How to show the mouse cursor in screenshots

Step 1: Open Preview.

Step 2: Go to File → Take Screen Shot → From Entire Screen.

Preview screenshot countdown timer

A countdown timer will appear. Ensure that you have your screenshot properly composed before the timer hits zero. Once it does, a screenshot will be taken and automatically opened in the Preview app. Most importantly, the screenshot will include the mouse cursor.

You can also use the Grab.app utility—an old school tool that’s been around since the NeXTSTEP days. It, too, includes an option for taking timed screenshots—perfect for including the mouse cursor.

Although this isn’t something that I need to use all the time, it’s very handy to have in my back pocket when I need it. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to include the mouse cursor in the screenshots you take, then I believe that this is one of the best ways to do so.

What do you think?

  • QuarterSwede

    Neat. Didn’t know that existed. Thanks.

  • Timothy

    Grab’s preference pane also allows you to select what kind of cursor is captured!

  • I wrote something better myself. Would you try it Jeff?

    • What do you mean?

      • An Menubar App for taking screenshots you can customize it’s functionality by right clicking it and fire your screenshots by left clicking it. Its easier to show than to explain. It offers an interactive mode for switching between capturing the whole screen and a single window by pressing the space button.

      • Drew_DA

        Do you have a link to share?

      • As soon as this is ready for the app store I will drop you a link. 🙂 I would even give you a beta version contact me on twitter about it. @ANGOmarcello.

  • Drew_DA

    Thanks for sharing this!